- capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear: an intelligible response.
- Philosophy. apprehensible by the mind only; conceptual.
Origin of intelligible
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Examples from the Web for intelligibly
Can we intelligibly aggregate hundreds of millions of individual opinions into one or a few collective opinions?The Sequestration 'The Public' Deserves?
March 5, 2013
He only insists that this natural fitness shall be intelligibly explained.Cratylus
I did not comprehend the service, and cannot intelligibly describe it.Glances at Europe
Who was going to take him over the house, explain things to him intelligibly?They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
No one in this hotel could speak a word of English intelligibly.Autumn Impressions of the Gironde
Isabel Giberne Sieveking
Failing in that, the proof was intelligibly found in the weekly returns.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- able to be understood; comprehensible
- capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
- (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses
Word Origin and History for intelligibly
late 14c., "able to understand," from Latin intelligibilis, intellegibilis "that can understand, that can be understood," from intellegere "to understand" (see intelligence). In English, sense of "capable of being understood" first recorded c.1600. Related: Intelligibly.